Veterans of Foreign War - National Contests - Homer Williams Post 8720 winners

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HOMER WILLIAMS VFW POST 8720 - RECOGNITION OF 2014 WINNERS

National Citizenship Education Teacher Award  Winners - Annually, the Veterans of Foreign Wars recognizes the top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who instill patriotism and promote citizenship effectively. Competition starts at a local Post, then District, State and National level.  National winners receive $1,000 and $1,000 for their school plus an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the National VFW Conference. 

The Homer Williams Post 8720 in Abita Springs had a winner in each of the 3 grade levels.  Two have won at both the Post and District levels.  Announcement of the State Winners will be in January.

 

Our K-5th grade winner is Rebecca Molina from Abita Springs Elementary.  Rebecca teaches gifted students 1st through 4th grade in math, reading, science and social studies. So part of her day is also spent at Abita Middle School.  Weekly, she supports her students to design and present a “citizenship” play to the student body on live broadcast to bring a message about their daily actions and to be role models in their community and school.  She is very active in the Abita Springs community with such activities as:  Friends of the Park, School PTA Reflections, Veterans Days Program, Northshore Reading Council, and Abita Town Hall community activities.  Rebecca also won at the District level and is competing at the State level.

 

Our 6th-8th grade winner is Mike Alexander from Our Lady of Lake Roman Catholic School.  Mike teaches 7th grade US History. He encourages tomorrow’s leaders to think of those less fortunate.  He mobilized the school’s Catholic community to fill a bus with food to be donated to the Covington Food Bank.  8,639 pounds of food was donated.  He stresses the importance of civic responsibility on a daily basis.  With guidance, students scrutinize the Articles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students then have to identify violations of one’s rights and amend bills to correct the violation.  Mike also won at District level and is now competing at the State level.

 

Our 9th-12th grade winner is Tim Anger from Archbishop Hannan High School.  Tim teaches Civics and a law Studies Class. He shares his love of law and civics with the students through his enthusiasm and high-spirited classroom lessons.  His passion is truly passed onto his students. He is the Moderator for the school’s Mock Trial Team that competes in several state competitions each year.  He was named the Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013.  Tim narrowly lost on a split vote for the District Teacher.

 

 

Voice of Democracy Winners – VFW’s premier scholarship program is the Voice of Democracy contest.  It is open to students in grades 9-12.  Each year more than 50,000 students compete for more than $2.3 million in scholarships and incentives.  Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on an annual patriotic theme.  This year’s theme is Why I Appreciate American’s Veterans.  We had 8 entries at our Post level.  The top three Post winners are Ada Tusa (1st place) a senior at Mandeville High School.  Ada also won at the District level and is competing for a scholarship at the State level;  Anna Jones (2nd place), a sophomore at Northlake Christian School;  Lauren Ellison (3rd place) is a junior at Northlake Christian School.

 

Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest Winners  - Students in grades 6-8 compete for one of 46 national awards ranging from $5,000 to $500 by writing an essay on the annual theme. This year’s theme is Why Veterans are important to our Nation’s History and Future.  Again competition is at four levels - Post, District, State, and National. We had 182 entries.  Our first place winner, Hunter Sherwood, won District and is currently competing at the State level.  The State winner will be announced in January.  Hunter is a 6th grade student at Mandeville Middle School.  Sean Noel, a 7th grade student at Mandeville Jr. High School won 2nd place.  Philip Nicaud, a 8th grade student at Northlake Christian School won 3rd place.

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Photo left to right: Kay Peats, Americanism Chairman – Homer Williams VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8720; Rebecca Molina, Citizenship Education Teacher K-5th grade Post and District winner from Abita Springs Elementary School; Mike Peats, Commander, Homer Williams VFW Post 8720; Anna Jones, second place Voice of Democracy Winner, sophomore at Northlake Christian School; Ada Tusa, 1st place Voice of Democracy winner - Post and District, senior at Mandeville High School; Lauren Ellison, 3rd place Voice of Democracy winner, junior at Northlake Christian School; Mike Alexander, Citizenship Education Teacher 6-8th grade winner – Post and District, from Our Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic School; Carol Palermo, Homer Williams VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8720 President; Tim Anger, 9-12th grade, Citizenship Education Teacher winner from Northlake Christian School; Beth Laderer, Patriot’s Pen Essay Chairman – Homer Williams VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8720.

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left to right- Sean Noel, Patriot’s Pen Essay 2nd Place winner, 7th grade - from Mandeville Jr. High; Mike Peats, Commander, Homer Williams VFW Post 8720; Hunter Sherwood,  1st place Patriot’s Pen Essay winner - Post and District, 6th grade – Mandeville  Middle School.